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Stimson Photo-Graphics & Digital Imaging
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   Welcome to Stimson Photo-Graphics & Digital Imaging, innovators in photographic and digital reproduction techniques for the professional art, architechtural, and graphics business communities for over 50 years. Please feel free to browse around our online home and learn more about us and our unique services.
   Be sure to view our Gallery, with quality samples of the extraordinary works of art and architecture that we have played a role in producing over the years. Also visit our Clients section, which lists the many distinguished and world-renowned clientele that we have provided our exclusive services for since 1967.
   If you have additional questions that are not covered on our web site, please drop us a line from our Contact section and we will be glad to answer them. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us, and thank you for your interest in our specialties.
Stimson Photo-Graphics
About Stimson Photo-Graphics & Digital Imaging
George Stimson / Owner
   George Stimson began his career in the arts industry as a student at the Jarvis School for Fine Arts in Toronto, Ontario during the early 1950's. In 1955, George moved to Los Angeles, California and enrolled in the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. That same year he was drafted into the US Navy to serve his required term of duty with the US military.
   George was assigned to work in the photo lab for the US Navy during the two years he was stationed in Hawaii. During that time, George discovered that he had a natural talent for inventing new ways to solve photographic reproduction problems, and developed a love and passion for this type of work.
   George came back to Los Angeles after he had served his term of duty with the US Navy. Upon his return, George accepted a position as the department head of the UCLA Medical Center Photo Department, and managed this department for the next four years. George's four years as the department head of the UCLA Medical Center Photo Department gave him the skill and experience to manage the work load and personnel in a high-volume, deadline-oriented, production environment, but he yearned to get back to the artistic fields of his craft that he loved. George wanted to once again explore and innovate new ways to tackle the challenges presented in the reproduction photography and graphics field. He was determined to make his way back to the type of work that he discovered both a passion and talent for while in the US Navy.
   In 1967, George opened his own studio under the name of Stimson Photo-Graphics. The 'Photo-Graphics' spin George put on his business name was done to emphasize his specialty of bridging the gap between the commercial photographic reproduction industry, and the art, architectural, and graphics industries. George immediately began tackling the technical challenges by inventing, designing, and building his own proprietary photographic equipment. George also developed proprietary techniques and procedures to keep the quality and consistency of his reproduction work as the best that could be found worldwide.
   George Stimson is the father of the photo-mural, and it was his innovations with photo-murals that were the start of his the success with his business. George was able to accurately reproduce enlargements of artwork and illustrations from the artists originals to over 1000 times the size of the original artwork, while retaining the subtle nuances of the artist found in the original artwork. George achieved this through use of his own proprietary equipment and techniques. The reproductions were usually even 'better' than the original artwork, as the negatives George shot were so accurate, that he would spend many hours masking and spotting out blemishes, spots, and other artifacts that were present on the original artwork.
   George also innovated new ways of mounting the reproductions that eliminated the image distortions caused by the unequal stretch that occurs in photographic papers when wet during processing. George developed his own wet-mounting technique that would accurately return the photographic paper back to the same dimensions the paper had been when before processing, eliminating any dimensional image distortions from the artwork originals that would have otherwise occurred. This same wet-mount technique also kept the large photo panels truly flat once dry, eliminating the warps and bends that were usually found in his competitors finished photo panels.
   George was so renowned for his ability to reproduce the best photo-mural available, that his services were sought by many of the most renowned and accomplished artists and photographers of the last century. You can see who many of his prestigious clients are in our Clients section of our website.
   George began his innovations in the digital world in the early 1980's, after recognizing that it would not be long before digital reproduction replaced photographic reproduction. George soon developed proprietary equipment and techniques for the digital reproduction world that matched his prior accomplishments in the photographic reproduction world. George formulated one of the first steadfast, no-bleed, archival-quality inks for digital ink-jet printers. George originally developed these inks to enable ink-jet printers to print on artist papers, such as Arches watercolor paper, a favorite of professional illustrators. To this day, the majority of George's reproduction work is done on 140-300 pound Arches paper, hot or cold press-mounted on Gatorfoam, and ready for the artist to paint.
   George Stimson is, and always has been, in the continual pursuit of making the very best reproduction possible from any type of original artwork. From the camera shoot through the final mounted product, you can rest assured that quality is, and always has been, the top priority. When you order a product from Stimson Photo-Graphics, you are getting a product that is a result of over half a century of innovation and experience in the photographic reproduction industry.
Stimson Photo-Graphics
Services & Products
   At Stimson Photo-Graphics, we work with the clients ink and pencil line art, or finished color paintings, on all types of media. First, we create digital files from the original artwork using our many proprietory methods and techniques. We take great care to insure that the quality of our finished digital work retains all the quality and ambiance of the original work submitted for processing. The finished digital file is then available for purchase by the client.
   We also print digital reproductions on a large variety of artists materials, such as watercolor paper and canvas. We use our own specially developed, archival-quality, pigmented waterproof inks with our ink-jet printers. These proprietory inks are non-bleeding and steadfast, and allow the artist to continue to work on the artwork reproduction, such as painting, without any danger of smearing or distorting the ink on the reproduction print. We currently print our reproduction work up to 44" x 94".
   We offer mounting services for our prints on many quality materials, such as Gatorfoam® and tempered masonite. We use our own wet mount and dry mount techniques to assure that your finished panel is accurately positioned and completely flat. The mounted print is then ready for post-production work by the artist, such as coloring and custom finishing. We also provide custom on-site mounting services for special projects where the reproduction needs to be mounted on an existing structure or display. Our custom on-site mounting requires an inspection trip into the field to evaluate the feasibility of the mounting project. A modest fee is charged for this on-site mounting feasibilty evaluation.
   Final prints may be finished using oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, color pencil, ink, or almost any other medium of your choice. Please view the Gallery section of our website, to get an idea and feel for the multitude of possibilities available to you for your own special project.
   The work we provide our clients is very personal, and tailored in each case to our clients particular needs for their project. Our prices are very moderate for the degree of quality we demand. We strive to make each and every project a pleasure for our clients, and we have fullfilled an enourmous amount of special requests and needs over the last half-century that we have been in business.
   For an estimate on your own project work, or if you have any additional questions about how our services may accomodate your needs, then please feel free to contact us by phone or mail. You may also email us about your projects special requirements at:
   Thank you for your interest in Stimson Photo-Graphics quality services and specialties. We look forward to speaking with you about how we can help you achieve the desired results in your own special project.
Stimson Photo-Graphics
Clients
Stimson Photo-Graphics
Contact Info
Stimson Photo-Graphics & Digital Imaging
2477 South Dover Way
Lakewood, CO   80227-3112
Phone: (720) 326-8514
Email:
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